June 23, 2019 Subject:
There is no mystery here - the story revolves around Frank Albertson (Daniel Patrick Ryan) a fast-talking, one-man publicity dept. at a small movie company, who sells the studio owner Tenon Holtz (Benjamin Vogel) and the foreign director John Davidson (Siegfried Sonoff) on producing a gangster film using a real gangster. He also wants to get a leading role in the film for his studio extra sweetheart June Clyde (Doris Dawn). He gets Joe Crespo (Tony Capello) as a fake gangster who is supposed to punch out another fake gangster, but instead knocks our notorious gangster Stanley Price (Joe Romano). And, from these cliched characters, every possible cliched problem arises - how to get Crespo in stay in the role after he finds out the truth about who he knocked down, how to keep him safe after Price finds out who punched him, how to keep the press believing Crespo is a real gangster and so on. Albertson fast-talks his way through everything and plays the hero at the end. Yes, as someone else suggested, this might be worth watching as a notch in the history for early talkies. And, for cliched acting its not bad. Otherwise, nothing special
January 16, 2017 Subject:
Being one of the early entries into talking pictures, this one has a quicker pace than some, less stiffness in the acting, better timing of lines delivered, and a story that could have shown up in much later productions after Hollywood got a little slicker at production. Typically without music, the early ones lack the mood changes aided by a score, but I watched the whole movie and wasn't sorry I did. Not a complex story, just entertaining, and good for students of motion pictures.
May 25, 2014 Subject:
From the beginning of the film I started to suspect a farcical satire. There actually was a Supreme Pictures in Hollywood that turned out "B" pictures and mostly westerns at that. The bald Tenen Holtz looked a good bit like A.W. Hackel the head of Supreme Pictures and the Yiddish accent was also not a put-on. Some of the cliches' written by Jack Neville, a screenwriter of sturdy "B" pictures which included westerns and comedies and gangster pictures, were already cliches' to be sure which is saying something since the film is 80 years old.
Jack Albertson as a young (he was 25 when this was made) studio hot shot is quite good. Tenen Holtz is also good as the frustrated studio head. John Davidson as the ego-manical director borrows a little from several well-known German directors now in Hollywood at the time and manages to be funny in his way. A long time stalwart in serials and "B"'s for several years, this film is a departure for him too. The rest of the cast is not so lucky.
Picture and sound are very good but at times slightly out of sinc. Watchable for what it is. Enjoy.